Egypt’s union for musicians has issued a ban against local grime singers, claiming that it is protecting public taste. The music, known locally as “mahraganat”, has become very popular among the poor in Egypt with its working-class performers attracting millions of followers on social media. A mahraganat gig attracted moreContinue Reading

The body representing university lecturers in Nigeria is opposing a bill aimed at preventing sexual harassment at universities. The Academic Staff Union says the law unduly targets and stigmatizes university lecturers. The bill is suggesting a five-year jail term for lecturers convicted of sexual harassment of their students. The billContinue Reading

The University of Ghana has suspended two lecturers for various periods without a salary after they were filmed sexually harassing undercover reporters in a BBC documentary. The documentary exposed sexual harassment and misconduct by lecturers at prestigious institutions in West Africa. Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor, who wasContinue Reading

At least 20 people, many of them women and children, have been killed in a stampede in south-eastern Niger, reports say. Refugees from neighboring Nigeria were queuing for food and money in the town of Diffa when the incident took place, according to local sources. Ten other people were injured.Continue Reading